ATK vs Mumbai City FC: Prabir primed to halt Chermiti’s scoring run
Sportsbet.io discusses the player tussles that headline the Indian Super League fixture between ATK and Mumbai City FC.
Table-toppers ATK have been the best home team of the sixth edition of Indian Super League so far, and start as the odds-on favourite against Mumbai City FC. The two-time champions have recorded the most goals (eight in two matches), most chances created per match (15.00) and the best conversion rate (26.66) by any ISL team at home and are aiming to extend their ascendancy at the summit of the league table.
Mumbai lead ATK in the head-to-head record and come to Kolkata with an unbeaten status away from home this season. Although, the Islanders are winless in four successive games and seek a change in fortunes at the ‘Mecca of Indian Football’. Mumbai’s last trip was a success, a 3-0 win, and head coach Jorge Costa hopes his team can script their first win since their 1-0 victory on matchday one.
PRABIR DAS v AMINE CHERMITI
Primarily a right-back, Prabir operates as a wing-back in ATK’s three-defender setup and has been effective in his role. The 25-year-old has registered 23 tackles, and a combination of seven blocks and key interceptions this term, and is primed to halt Amine Chermiti’s impressive goalscoring run on the road.
Mumbai’s Chermiti has been in sensational form away from home, scoring three goals with a shot accuracy of 27.27%. The Tunisian striker needs three goals to become the record away scorer for a single edition and is poised to begin that countdown against ATK.
CARL MCHUGH v MOHAMED LARBI
The Irishman, a versatile figure for ATK, has featured in every game for the two-time champions this term but needs to inject more of his European experience into his act in the upcoming games. McHugh has completed 129 of a total 185 passes with a pass accuracy of 69.72% and is tipped to weave out some magic in the engine room for Kolkata.
The last game against NorthEast United FC saw Mumbai command just 22% of offensive play, and that is something Mohamed Larbi must improvise against ATK. The 32-year-old Tunisian midfielder has contributed a goal and two assists this term and must help Mumbai City FC in the counter-attacking efforts against the league leaders.
ROY KRISHNA v SARTHAK GOLUI
Roy Krishna is yielding dividends for his big stellar move to ATK with three goals and an assist so far. The Fiji striker has formed a devastating partnership with David Williams and Edu Garcia, and the trio will look to further exploit the loopholes in the Mumbai defence. With ATK scoring eight goals in two games at home, Mumbai City FC have a massive homework to work upon before entering the contest.
Mumbai have leaked in 10 goals up till now, and the pressure is upon Sarthak Golui to stitch an effective strategy at the heart of defence setup. The 22-year-old has made 34 clearances and 13 ket tackles this term, however, the Indian defender must pull up his socks and demonstrate a masterclass to halt the juggernaut of ATK’s attack.
Words: William Paul